1808 - Born
Amos Gould was born in Aurelius, New York (State) on December 3, 1808. Educated, he studied for a while at Hamilton College. On temporary suspension from the college, he taught at Auburn, New York, while entering the office of William H. Seward, then governor of New York (State) as a student. Admitted to the bar in 1832, Gould practiced law ably for several years in New York (State) before moving to Owosso, Michigan, in 1843 due to debts incurred by his brother and brother-in-law. In Owosso he practiced law until 1865.
1841 - Married Louisa A Peck
Gould married Louisa Peck of New York (State) in 1841. Together they had six sons and daughters, of whom five lived to adulthood. A wealthy man, he died May 14, 1882, survived by his wife and five children. His estate was computed to be worth $250,000, most of which included over 1250 acres of property in Michigan and other states.
1843 - Moved To Michigan
From the time of his arrival in Michigan in 1843, Gould speculated in land, much of which he purchased at tax sales. When the demand for Michigan pine skyrocketed following the Civil War, Gould cut, sawed, and marketed lumber on a rather large scale near Owosso. His brother, David, also was involved in the lumber industry in the vicinity of St. Charles and Chesaning, Michigan.
1844 - Judge, prosecuting attourney, Senator
Gould was elected Probate Judge of Shiawassee County in 1844. Gould served as Prosecuting Attorney of Shiawassee County, and Supervisor of Owosso, 1844-1850. Also, he served as Senator from the Twenty-sixth District, 1853-1854. In 1855 Gould was the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, but was defeated. After the Civil War he was a Republican in his political beliefs.
Gould served as the attorney for the Detroit and Milwaukee Railroad Company, 1852-1881, a position which was quite involved with the acquisition of land for its right-of-way from Pontiac westward to Grand Haven, Michigan. He also promoted the establishment of the Amboy, Lansing, and Traverse Bay Railroad (one of Michigan’s first land grant roads), and directed construction of its first section, from Owosso to Lansing, Michigan.
1861 - Civil War
On April 13, 1861, when word was flashed over the telegraph line that Fort Sumpter had been run over by the rebels, Abraham Lincoln called on all States to furnish a great army to save the Union. A mass meeting was held, the largest ever, at Owosso to discuss what measures would be taken to aid the federal government in its time of peril. Amos Gould, the city's first mayor, was called upon to preside. Vice-Presidents were Judge Josiah Turner, B.O. Williams and T.O. Dewey. At this session, without a dissenting vote, were passed resolutions calling upon every man to ignore and bury all party differences and prejudices and to devote life, fortune and honor to support of the federal government and the preservation of the Union.
1865 - First National Bank of Owosso
In 1865 Gould organized the First National Bank of Owosso, served as its president, and owned most of its stock. He also managed an extensive farm of 1200 acres.